Top 10 Signs of Student Anxiety In The Classroom

Feeling anxious is a fairly normal reaction when experiencing exciting, stressful or new situations. However, students who experience anxiety at school could potentially have a more serious anxiety disorder that requires treatment.

Anxiety becomes an issue when it begins holding the student back from opportunities, such as participating in extracurricular activities or social engagements. The National Institute of Mental Health reports that approximately 25% of teens between 13 and 18 years old have an anxiety disorder and slightly less than 6% have a severe anxiety disorder.

This means one out of every four teenagers is struggling with anxiety that is negatively impacting their daily life. Continue Reading →

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Mesa Chamber of Commerce Earns Certified Autism Center Designation

First Chamber of Commerce in the Nation to Earn Designation

The Mesa Chamber of Commerce is the first of its kind in the country to earn the Certified Autism Center designation from International Board of Credentialing and Continuing Education Standards (IBCCES). The Certified Autism Center designation is awarded by IBCCES to organizations who have completed a training and review process and are committed to serving individuals with autism and other sensory needs.

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Top 8 Travel Options That Include Water For Families With Autism

Water is a very powerful and healing tool for people who are on the autism spectrum. It can be extremely therapeutic and also provides behavioral benefits along with the physical benefits of being active in the water.

Being in the water often gives a sense of calm to individuals on the spectrum, especially children. The buoyancy and pressure of the water creates a supportive environment where they are able to develop their sensory processing skills through hydrostatic pressure, vestibular stimulation and proprioceptive feedback.

On top of this, when children are able to play and have fun in the water the positive effects are seen long after. Continue Reading →

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Autism Certification for Speech Language Pathologists: Why it’s Important

Autism certification for speech language pathologists (SLPs) is increasingly important due to the rising numbers of neurodiverse individuals many SLPs have to work with on a daily basis.

Neurodiverse SLP Education is Highly Variable

While there may be some time devoted to how neurodiverse individuals process and how they can best be taught, this is going to vary substantially based on the training of the individual SLP.

Typically, SLPs choose to specialize in different areas, but their main role is to help patients develop effective communication and social skills.

Without asking the SLP, it is generally hard for people to tell how much knowledge and experience they have with neurodiverse individuals unless they have a recognized certification. Continue Reading →

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Impact of Anxiety and Depression on Student Academic Progress

Anxiety and depression are two of the most common obstacles teens and young adults face and it’s beginning to take a serious toll in the classroom.

Every year more cases of anxiety and depression are reported in children and teens. 1 in every 8 children has anxiety, according to the Anxiety and Depression Association of America (ADAA). While there are treatments for anxiety and depression, 80% of children with an anxiety disorder and 60% of children with depression are not receiving treatment. Continue Reading →

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Bridging the Gap Between Autism & Healthcare Providers

By Anita Lesko, Certified Registered Nurse Anesthetist, Autism Advocate, Author

I am a Certified Registered Nurse Anesthetist for the past 27 years.  I’ve been working full time ever since graduating from Columbia University in 1988 with my Master’s in Nurse Anesthesia. I specialize in anesthesia for neurosurgery, organ transplants, and orthopedic joint replacements.

Oh, yes, there’s something else I’d like you to know!

I’m autistic, and I didn’t even know this until I was fifty, yes, 50, when I “accidentally” discovered it. 
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Beaches Resorts Becomes First Resort Company in the World to Attain Advanced Certified Autism Center Credential

With Autism Awareness Month coming to a close, Beaches Resorts is proud to announce its commitment to enhancing its autism-friendly resorts by now becoming the first resort company in the world to attain the Advanced Certified Autism Center (ACAC) designation by the International Board of Credentialing and Continuing Education Standards (IBCCES). This new certification training to be completed in May spans all three Beaches Resorts – Beaches Negril Beach Resort & Spa and Beaches Ocho Rios Spa, Golf & Waterpark Resort in Jamaica, and Beaches Turks & Caicos Resort Villages & Spa in Turks & Caicos – with a core focus on the company’s Kids Camp, Entertainment and Watersports operations, as well as staff from other areas of the resort. In April 2017, Beaches Resorts led the charge and became the first resort company in the world to be recognized by IBCCES as a Certified Autism Center (CAC).

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From Nonverbal Autism to Doctoral Graduate and Speaking for a Living

By Award Winning Speaker Kerry Magro, who is on the autism spectrum

As a kid I never thought that one day I might be an educator. This was mainly due to limitations including being nonverbal till almost 3 and having challenges with communication for several years following that.

Long Term Goals Can Be Hard Throughout Therapy

It was often hard to focus on long-term goals for myself as physical, occupational, speech, music and theater therapy became part of my routine to reach Continue Reading →

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Why Autism Friendly Should Never be Mistaken for Autism Certified

Autism friendly can just mean that an organization has made a donation to a local non-profit; a Certified Autism Center means that at least 80% of guest facing staff has received autism training as just one of the requirements.

In 2018, the CDC reported that 1 in every 59 children are diagnosed with autism. Despite this disability reaching far and wide, it’s extremely unique to each individual due to operating on a spectrum.

This can make traveling of any kind very difficult for families who have children with autism. Continue Reading →

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Student Anxiety and What Teachers Can do to Help

By: Dr. Ann Marie Leonard-Zabel, Full Professor of Psychology-Curry College, President of NEALAC Clinic

Student anxiety disorders are at an all-time high, making it increasingly important for teachers and other staff to know how to recognize and respond to students with anxiety.

Anxiety Statistics from the CDC

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), 7.1% of children aged 3-17 years (approximately 4.4 million) have diagnosed anxiety. Continue Reading →

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